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The Mark of the Editor: Being an account of a very good book

November 11, 2011

The notorious Jacky Faber is back again, and this time she’s in the South China sea.

In keeping with a delightful tradition that I very much enjoy, the title reads like an old-timey captains log: “The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea”.

It’s quite the mouthful and quite the good read, being just as epic as the title suggests. This is the 10th book in L.A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack series and thankfully not the last (according to Meyer).

This book follows Jacky, a captain, pirate, sailor, etc., as she is swept away by a tsunami to a seemingly deserted island far away from her constant love Jaime Fletcher as well as her dear friends. It’s actually a constant theme in the book — for as many times as Jacky and Jaime are reunited, they are separated in some bizarre turn of fate.

This latest installment of the Jacky Faber series also reunites Jacky with some fan favorites like Davy Jones and Captain Lord Allen from the “Mississippi Jack” installment.

I LOVE these books, and I can never put them down once I’ve picked the new one up. Though I have to say, I’m afraid they might be becoming rather predictable.

The story line usually follows the same paths: Jacky is almost always thrust into some bizarre trouble where she much dress up or disguise herself in some way to get out of trouble while finding a new male companion or revisiting favorites from past novels.

I have to wonder, too, if it’s not because I’m getting old. These books are young adult and are intended for such audiences, and I’m officially beyond my teenage years.

To his credit, though, Meyer has done an excellent job keeping up with his aging readers, by making the content more historical, adding a touch more romance and changing scenery constantly to keep things interesting.

Regardless of my age, I will continue to be a loyal fan of the Bloody Jack series — they are fast reads because they are so full of adventure, intrigue and action that you can’t put them down.

The novels really put you in a different world, and I recommend that everyone start reading this wonderful series.

Megan Zaubi
Features Editor

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